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How to speak to the board of directors about security

  • Monday, December 07, 2015 at 3:00 PM EST (2015-12-07 20:00:00 UTC)
  • Carol G. Mills, John Pescatore, Demetrios Lazarikos (Laz)


  • WhiteHat Security

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Data breaches and other security incidents continue to accelerate and have now gained the attention of most boards of directors. This discussion will center on how to communicate security priorities to the board in business terms and how to ultimately gain board level support for your security initiative. Topics will include evaluating and presenting risk, allocating resources, achieving and monitoring compliance, as well as liability considerations.

Speaker Bios

John Pescatore

John Pescatore joined SANS as director of emerging security trends in January 2013, bringing with him over 35 years of experience in computer, network and information security. Prior to SANS, he was Gartner's lead security analyst for more than 13 years, working with Global 5000 corporations, government agencies and major technology and service providers. In 2008, John was named one of the top 15 most influential people in security and has frequently testified before Congress on issues relating to cybersecurity.

Carol G. Mills

Carol G. Mills brings 30 years of operating experience in the enterprise software and technology sector to WhiteHat’s board of directors. Mills also serves on the boards of Xactly Corporation, Ingram Micro and Alaska Communications. She previously served on the boards of Adobe Systems, Blue Coat Systems and Tekelec Corporation. Previously she served in leadership roles at HP, Acta Technology and Juniper Networks. Mills hold an MBA from Harvard University and BA from Smith College.

Demetrios Lazarikos (Laz)

Demetrios Lazarikos (Laz), a recognized visionary for building Information Security, fraud, and big data analytics solutions, is the vArmour Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Laz has more than 30 years experience in building and supporting some of the largest InfoSec programs for Financial Services, Retail, Hospitality, and Transportation verticals. Laz's past roles include: IT Security Researcher and Strategist at Blue Lava Consulting, CISO at Sears, CISO at Silver Tail Systems (acquired by RSA/EMC), VP of Strategic Initiatives at ReddShell Corporation (acquired by TrustWave), and a former PCI QSA. Laz is a Professor at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management, holds a Master's in Computer Information Security from the University of Denver, an MBA from Pepperdine University, and has earned several security and compliance certifications.

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